By Monday, 25 November 2019, the news broke that Universities began enrollment in IPPIS on the one hand while on the other ASUU asked members to shun the enrollment. However, the enrollment did not begin as scheduled in any of the universities.
Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) is an Information Communication Technology (ICT) initiated by the Federal Government of Nigeria to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of payroll administration for its Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs). The introduction of IPPIS by the FG is to promote transparency and accountability in government expenditures.
The Academic Staff Union of the Universities (ASUU) says the universities are not part of it and would resist attempts by the Federal Government to be incorporated in it.
Reasons, why ASUU is kicking against IPPIS, were conveyed to newsmen by Theophilus Lagi, the Zonal Coordinator of ASUU, FCT Zone and lecturer at Nasarawa State University.
“There is no clear and convincing evidence that IPPIS can capture remuneration of staff on sabbatical, external examiners, external assessors, and Earned Academic Allowance. The IPPIS does not and cannot carter for the constant movement of staff in the cases of visiting, adjunct and part-time.”
” The law establishing each university is an Act of the National Assembly, hence it cannot be upturned by an Executive action or operation of the OAGF. The office of AGF should note that our members are not answerable to his office but to their respective governing councils and that no university in the world operates IPPIS-related system.”
Theophilus Lagi further told newsmen that section 2AA of the Universities Miscellaneous Provisions (Amendment) Act 2003 stated that Universities should be allowed to operate in compliance with enabling laws, statutes, rules and regulations that conform with due process to the laws of the country. To him, the peculiarities for the University system cannot be addressed by IPPIS
Other reasons given by him are that IPPIS cannot predict and address the promotion of academic staff like the associate professors and professors. These are subject to external assessment and will pose impediments on the ability of the Universities to recruit staff for new programmes and replace the same if the need be.
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